Gracias a la Vida
Chilean composer ‘Violeta Parra’ (1917-1967) was a composer, singer-songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist.
She was at the source of the Nueva Canción Chilena, a reinvention of Chilean folk music that would extend its sphere of influence outside Chile. Her birthdate was chosen “Chilean Musicians’ Day” (October 4th).
This particular song is arguably her most famous one. The homage to life is partially made internationally known through the interpretation of Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa.
The arrangement for solo guitar is done by Chilean composer and Guitarist Javier Contreras.